Northern New York Waterfalls 

Sperrys Falls


From the village of Clayton, proceed south on NY 12 for about 2.7 miles.  Take a right on the Danenwald Road.  This short road will end at a "T" where you should turn left and take the first right, House Road.  Follow this to the corner of Bevens Road where you should park.

County: Jefferson
Town: Clayton
USGS Map: St. Lawrence
Waterway: French Creek
Latitude: N 44° 11' 02"
Longitude: W 76° 07' 50"
Drop: ~ 25'
Type Step Cascade
Region: South of the village of Clayton
Parking: Roadside
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 0.1 mile
Difficulty: Moderate
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

Chaumont Quadrangle

French Creek FallsFrom the parking area, proceed down the Bevens Road and you will find several points where you can access the creek.  This area is clearly marked with a DEC sign, so it is public land.

We originally had this waterfall listed as French Creek Falls.  At a book signing event in Watertown in December 2016, we had the opportunity to chat with a long-time friend who grew up in this area.  It was then that we learned that locally this waterfall is known as Sperrys Falls after the Sperry family who were early settlers of the area.  He suspected that they dated back to the 1800s and subsequent Internet searches revealed that the family did indeed come to the Clayton area in the early 1800s.  We also learned that for a brief period of time dating back to the 1970s, this may have been referred to as Putnam Falls after the family that owned the land at that time.

We will also note that this is not actually on the French Creek but on an unnamed feeder stream.  There are several such streams feeding this, none of them named, so it appears this is all the French Creek system.

The most obvious trailhead is next to a DEC sign.  Within a few feet, you will be next to the crest of Sperrys Falls.  There is another waterfall about 200' upstream.  They are both nice waterfalls so we decided they deserved separate coverage.  Also, because of foliage and terrain, you can not see the upper falls from thie primary drop.

From the crest, you can make your way to the bottom of the falls.  It is a bit of a scramble but certainly very do-able.  This is the larger of the two falls.  It is a ribbon cascade of about 25'.

Locally, this entire area is considered to be one waterfall.  We have given them separate coverage because they are both nice waterfalls.  Also, because of foliage and terrain, you can not see the upper falls from thie primary drop.

The French Creek empties into the St. Lawrence River in the village of Clayton, less than four miles from this point.

Last update:  July 16, 2017

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